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Chris Paul Rumored to Be Coveted by the Lakers, Celtics and Knicks: Fan Report
Not too many professional athletes—considering legacy, contracts and endorsements—think with their hearts anymore.
We heard a similarly sweet song from Dwight Howard(notes) last year. The coveted center said that he wanted to start his own path in Orlando and even tweeted that articles speculating about his departure were just dumb.
Dumb, right up until Howard changed his tune by telling Esquire this summer: "there's so much you can do in a bigger place" and "I'm stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I'm at, I've done so much. And I just don't know what else I can do. I can't live for everybody else."
Now, things are shaping up the same way with Chris Paul. There are too many benefits to joining a large market, title-contender to remain altruistically faithful to the typically uncompetitive, small-market teams that draft these superstars.
Truth is, as much as someone would lead you believe that this is limited to athletes or modern times, a completely selfless, community-first mentality has always been a scarce commodity in society. And since free agency came about, players tend to act with their personal interests in mind, just like everyone else.
Chris Paul is almost surely not an exception.
Here are some recent trade rumors and reports on potential landing spots for Chris Paul:
The Chris Paul-to-the-Lakers rumors originated in a blog by former AP and ESPN sports writer Chris Sheridan. In SheridanHoops.com, former Los Angeles Times NBA scribe Mark Heisler wrote:
There is no word from the Lakers' front office on this speculation thus far, but it seems like an intriguing—or devastating, depending on where you're standing—possibility.
On a potential CP3-to-Boston trade, ESPN reported:
"The Boston Celtics, who already have one of the best point guards in the NBA, are interested in making an upgrade by acquiring the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul and would be willing to give up Rondo to get him."
More recently, however, ESPN insider Chris Broussard reported that Hornets would not accept Rondo for Paul straight-up, forcing the Celtics to look for a third team to involve in the trade. Broussard also added that his sources have told him that Paul would not sign an extension in Boston, making the deal extremely unattractive to the Celtics given that Paul becomes a free agent in 2012.
Back in July, Chris Paul put out a wish list of teams he would like the Hornets to trade him to, according to Broussard.
Number two on the list? The Orlando Magic.
The New York Knicks.
The ideal situation, according to Broussard's sources, would be if Paul could join forces with Carmelo Anthony(notes) and Amare Stoudemire(notes) in New York and compete with the Miami Heat's Big Three.
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